Founders can now actively search for and connect with portfolio professionals on the Connectd network, which is why it's more important than ever that your profile reflects your skills, knowledge and unique value. Your profile should crystallise your proposition as a portfolio professional, amplify your experience and convey your personality. Make sure these sections are punchy and concise - this should not just be copied and pasted from your CV! We've provided an example profile below to give you an idea of the kind of content and structure you should be aiming for.
Guidance: Use this section to summarise your career to date, core skill sets you’ve developed, the current size and shape of your portfolio career. Try to aim for 100 words.
Example: My corporate career has spanned over 20 years and saw me solidify myself as a leader within the Advertising and Marketing space. My first big success was the early adoption of automation techniques that allowed my company to realise extreme cost savings across all advertising verticals, leading to acquisition of the company for $90 million. Following this success, I began my portfolio career and am currently a board advisor to two large scale corporates and a further three early-stage businesses. I’ve held three NED positions in the last 5 years, one of which I still hold and act as Chairman of the board.
What I bring to the table (CV Highlights)
Guidance: Your chance to summarise your value to founders in 75 words or less. This should crystallise your unique selling point and inform founders why they should speak with you.
Example: Over the last 30 years I’ve gained an extensive network that my portfolio companies have all benefited from. The majority of my network is focused in the advertising industry but has recently expanded into the investment space as well.
Beyond my network, I focus on providing advice on expansion strategies, particularly into new English-speaking territories.
My experience as Chairman in a large corporation gives me the experience to help early-stage founders grow and establish their own boards which I am passionate about doing.
What I’m looking for (role types, company types, Industry, Compensation)
Guidance: Use this section to describe the types of portfolio roles you’re looking for and the types of companies you’re interested in working with. This can range from company size, funding stage, industries of interest or types of founder.
Example: I’m looking for board advisor roles with early-stage companies who are in their pre-seed - seed funding stages or for a later stage company that has specific focus on entering a new territory. Given my experiences, I am eager to work with first-time founders to help guide them through the complexities of growing their boards.